Riverside Regional Medical Center and Sentara CarePlex Hospital were named among 405 top hospitals in the country in a new report from the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals.
The report recognized hospitals that consistently followed evidence-based practices in 22 key quality measures involving heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and children's asthma care. These hospitals represent the top 14 percent of Joint Commission-accredited hospitals that report performance data. More than 3,000 accredited hospitals contributed data.
The only other Hampton Roads hospital to be named was Sentara Bayside Hospital in Virginia Beach, which has since transitioned to an outpatient campus called Sentara Independence.
The Joint Commission said it highlighted the 22 evidence-based measures because using them "has saved lives and resulted in better health care and quality of life for tens of thousands of patients." Also, better performance will help hospitals meet the pay-for-performance requirements of federal and state governments and private payers as health reform takes root.
Evidence-based measures for heart attack care include aspirin at arrival and discharge and using clot-busting drugs within 30 minutes. For pneumonia care, measures include pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations, blood cultures and antibiotics to patients who are capable of developing immunity.
For surgical care, measures include antibiotics within one hour before the first cut and stopping them within 24 hours.
"(T)he public expects transparency in the reporting of performance at the hospitals where they receive care, and the Joint Commission is shining a light on the top performing hospitals that have achieved excellence on a number of vital measures of quality care," Mark R. Chassin, Joint Commission president, said in a news release.
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